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Venus Williams Cries Over Motorist’s Death 

AP Photo/Tim Ireland

Venus Williams, clearly feeling emotional about a car crash she was involved in which left a 78-year-old dead, wiped away tears during a Wimbledon press conference on Monday.

She was recently found to be negligent in the cause of death of Jerome Barson, and is reportedly being sued for wrongful death by his family.


Instead of her win over Elise Mertens or facing off with Qiang Wang in the second round at Wimbledon, Williams was asked about the case. She had few words before she started crying.


“I am completely speechless and it’s just,” Williams said, looking away and wiping away tears. “I mean, I’m just…”

That’s when the moderator jumped in to briefly stop the press conference, saying she can’t say anything further about the case.

The New York Daily News reports that a lawyer for Williams said she was driving 5 mph at the time of the accident and that she wasn’t issued any citations or traffic violations by the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. department.


Read more at the New York Daily News.

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